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Parental Alienation Syndrome – An Effective Tool in Child Custody
Atkinson Lewis, an organisation that supports solicitors, barristers and social workers in childcare cases through the family courts marks 25 April as Parental Alienation Awareness Day by raising the profile of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS).
Understanding why those working in the family law sector disregard PAS in the UK is key to understanding why one father in three in the UK will not see his children grow up. The issue has been coined as brainwashing a child to influence their decision of who to live with.
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is the systematic condemnation of one parent by another, with the intent of estranging the child against the other parent. The purpose of the alienation is usually to gain or retain custody without the involvement of the father, or indeed mother. The alienation often extends to the parent’s family and friends.
It is an effective tactic, frequently used in the family courts as a means of attaining child custody under the Children Act of 1989 which deems 'the child's wishes' as pertinent.
With recent reports of care applications in England hitting record figures of over 10,000 in twelve months, it isn’t surprising to hear that Court Welfare Officers consider Family Therapy to be expensive and time consuming as they don’t have the time, experience or resources to assess parents individually over a long period of time.
Adults who have experienced PAS as children often report they didn’t know how to cope with the situation at the time and ended up avoiding the father to make life easier.
Although expert witnesses have been heavily criticised in the press, expert assessments provide an impartial view on a child custody cases, using facts and psychological analysis to ascertain which parent’s residence the child will be benefit most from. Assessments are crucial in balancing the family courts when court secrecy often means that parents aren’t permitted to question or object claims.
Atkinson Lewis also works with alcohol and drug related cases. Accusations about a parent’s drug and alcohol consumption are a common feature in the family courts – and this is why their drug and alcohol testing procedure has proven to be so beneficial to professionals working in the family courts. Not only do they administer and arrange the testing of clients, they provide a medical interpretation of forensic analysis (MIFA) which is a clear cut explanation of the lab analysis report.
David Atkinson, who has worked with childcare cases for the family courts for 15 years, said “Raising the profile of PAS is crucial to ensure fairness, justice and a child’s welfare is served adequately. It is fundamental to gain a clear picture of a family’s situation and expert assessments are actually a vital component in this process.”
Atkinson Lewis has a range of services that can help parents, carers and professionals through the difficult process with Psychological Assessment Testing and more. Contact us on 0330 1002 555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.atkinsonlewis.co.uk and sign up to our members area to access a library of information on drugs, their effects and drug testing.
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Notes to Editors:
Atkinson Lewis is an organisation that specialises in case management services and software. We’re a team of specialists, pooled from all the medical and scientific fields that play a role in childcare cases.
Our clinical experts have spent over 15 years helping to establish patterns of substance abuse among parents and potential carers. And all the while, our admin team has been supporting casework, managing the needs of Courts, Local Authorities, Solicitors and Social Services.
We’re here to save you time and effort – providing all the medical and scientific expertise you need, as well as removing the admin burden. Our complete service includes psychiatric and psychological reports, collection and testing of hair and blood samples, interpretation of lab results and more. We’ll even provide an expert witness to support your case in Court.